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Kara Smith and Brit Smith, the designers of the label ELKIN, pose for a portrait at their studio Wednesday, July 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/Los Angeles Times)

Meredith Placko as Lilith of Borderlands, Courtney Hagans as the Joker’s girlfriend Harley Quinn with Melanie Watson as Catwoman, Bethany Jones as Mario and Madison Benitez as Luigi, pose for portraits outside the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con 2012 on Thursday, July 12, 2012 in San Diego, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/Los Angeles Times)

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Mauricio Aaron Reyna Guerrero, Mexico City’s Deputy Secretary of Tourism and Luis Eduardo Ros, Director General of Mexico City’s Institute of Tourism Promotion pose for a portrait in the Houston Chronicle photo studio on Monday, August 8, 2011 in Houston. Although travel to Mexico has suffered in recent years, travel to Mexico City is booming, rising 15 percent from 2009 to 2010. Mauricio and Luis Eduardo attest to the historical attractions, museums and cuisine options that are earning Mexico City a reputation as a world-class destination. ( Patrick T. Fallon / Houston Chronicle )


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Turns out we grew up in the same places. Small world eh?

Tomball Police Chief Robert Hauck poses for a portrait while singing country music in front of a police cruiser on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 in Tomball. Hauck moved to Tomball from Los Angeles in June 2008, "I fell in love with this place," said Hauck, who sings country and gospel music at church and in the community. He won Tomball's American Country Idol contest. ( Patrick T. Fallon / Houston Chronicle )

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First day of the Dave Black workshop here at the Chronicle, learning more about using portable speedlight strobes and finding out how to make the most of what we have – as well as thinking about what tools I could add to my light kit to give me more options. Before going to our location shoots, we tested out some stuff in the studio.

Houston Chronicle staff photographer Jake Nielson poses for a portrait during the Dave Black photo workshop at the Houston Chronicle on Monday, July 25, 2011 in Houston. ( Patrick T. Fallon / Houston Chronicle )

Shot with a reflected umbrella, left, then a Honl gridded strobe on the left side, rear.

(1DmKIIN, Canon 580EX II and 550EX with PocketWizards. 50 ISO, 35mm, f/5.6)